Even though Aaron Altherr‘s offensive numbers have been way down, there is still talent and some potential there. That’s what made designating him for assignment questionable for the Phillies, who lost Altherr Saturday when he was claimed off waivers by the San Francisco Giants.
Because he was claimed off waivers, the Giants have 72 hours to add him to their 25-man roster. To clear a spot on the 40-man roster, the Giants designated pitcher Andrew Moore for assignment. The Giants are off Monday and will announce another roster move to place Altherr on the 25-man roster. The Giants have had injury and inconsistency issues which have led to them shuffling their roster through the early going of the season. So far this season, San Francisco has had 10 players get playing time in the outfield. Altherr is not expected to crack the starting lineup, but will likely see more playing time than he has with the Phillies.
Altherr hit 19 home runs in 372 at-bats with the Phillies in 2017, but saw his average sink to just .181 last season and he was at .035 (1-for-29) this season coming off the bench for the Phillies. He is still a versatile outfielder with good glove skills and the Giants are hoping he can fill a bench role for them, helping to solidify their outfield.
Had the Giants not claimed Altherr, there were rumors that the Seattle Mariners were eyeing him if given the chance to take him off of waivers.